Nathan R. Neale

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA

Nathan R. Neale received his B.A. degree in chemistry (political science minor) from Middlebury College in 1998, where he studied radical substitution reactions at activated arenes and the binding mode of cisplatin, a common commercial anticancer drug, to a model DNA fragment. His scientific training continued as a graduate student under Professor T. Don Tilley at the University of California, Berkeley, studying the mechanism by which a transition-metal catalyst facilitates the polymerization of stannanes to polystannanes, a class of inorganic polymers with unique optical and electronic properties. From 2003 to 2006, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo, investigating dye-sensitized solar cells in the laboratories of Dr. Arthur J. Frank. After a brief stint at the University of Colorado, Boulder, working in collaboration with Dr. Frank, Dr. Arthur J. Nozik, and Professor David Jonas on novel photoelectrode architectures for a photoelectrochemical water splitting device, he returned to NREL as a staff scientist in 2008. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Neale started his independent research career at NREL with funding from the DOE/OS/BES Solar Photochemistry Program. His current research interests are focused on the synthesis of nanostructured inorganic semiconductors, solar energy conversion devices based on these materials, as well as catalytic materials for solar fuels and biomass conversion.

Biography Updated on 15 February 2011

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